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white opaline glass with porcelain and green steel galleries
Reference 16_2540

Vintage industrial lighting by Wardle

Era: 1950s Origin: UK

Vintage industrial lighting by Wardle salvaged from an electrical sub-station in the Midlands, UK. A two part cast steel upper gallery with manufacturers detailing and the original painted finish, atop a porcelain enclosure, along with the original opaline glass globe. 

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detail of cast steel gallery with original paintwork
UK

Origin: UK

Lighting design in the UK benefitted from a free market. Different companies were working at the same time, designing and producing similar products for the same market. Often with only slight differences in their style, they constantly upgraded and improved their original designs. The products we salvage come from the old industrial heartland of England. This area of the UK was once the boiler room of the British economy - from the potteries of Stoke, through the engineering works of Birmingham, to the wool, textile and cotton mills of Oldham and Manchester.

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pair of industrial pendant by Simplex with glass globe and porcelain and steel galleries

Restoration

In the mid 20th century, lights were designed with care and made to last. The work we do at skinflint is based on respecting and preserving the heritage of each piece. We have three guiding principles: To salvage the best lighting from the 1920s to the 1970s; To restore every piece sensitively - without compromising its character; To restore each fixture to the highest modern standards. Every light we reclaim has two tales to tell - its original use, and how it came to be salvaged. We’ll let you know its history but the next chapter is up to you.

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Product details

Each light is supplied with a new screw (E27) lamp holder, 2mtrs of suspension chain, elephant grey braided cable and ceiling mounting plate. (If you would prefer another colour cable, wire suspension or an E26 lamp holder for use in the USA, please just ask).

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210 mm
370 mm
3.2 kg
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Supplied tested to BS EN60598. IP20 for internal use only. All dimensions and weights are approximate.

Wardle

Manufacturer: Wardle

The Wardle Engineering Company Limited was founded by Walter and Arthur Wardle during the 1890s in Manchester. The firm was sold to Chamen and Wilkinson in 1910, but the name was retained. Despite an early foothold in the market, Wardle never gained the success of the larger manufacturers, and their products were rarely installed far from their Manchester manufacturing base. Trading ceased in the 1980s. The Prismalux Art Deco glass bulkheads, originally developed by Wardle in the 1930s, remain one of our firm favourites.

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Lights for life

As well as offering a lifetime guarantee that includes repairs, our Full Circle buy-back scheme gives you the opportunity to trade-in your skinflint lights. It keeps vintage lights in use forever - helping you and our planet.

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A quick word from our customers

Excellent service

Excellent service in all respects.

- David | Preston | UK

Excellent service

Good product listings with careful explanations. 

- Robert | Chichester | UK

Light fantastic

Fantastic light and flex... We will be back for more! Service was unimprovable.

- Gareth | Northamptonshire | UK

Wonderfully restored

Their product is invariably beautiful and wonderfully restored. To have lights that have seen so much and then get a second life is inspiring in many ways.

- Matthew | London | UK